Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

Information exchange forums are an increasingly common and useful way to encourage peer-to-peer learning and exchange of information. With advances in web-based meetings and seminars, an information exchange forum can reach a national and even international audience.

Planners in several disciplines participate in information exchanges, and good models exist. The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and APA participate in the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance (NFFA), of which ASFPM is a co-founder. While not formally called an information exchange, NFFA has been incredibly successful at doing just that. The central activity has consisted of webinars held every other month on issues of interest to the alliance.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 has resulted in thousands of state and local hazard mitigation plans that are largely on their second, third, or later update. Certainly, many best practices have been learned, and implementation of mitigation activities has occurred to some extent. However, few, if any, vehicles exist to facilitate the sharing of ideas, challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in planning on a nationwide scale for federal, state, and local planners and plan implementers.

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2016. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, and ASFPM as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.


Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations

March 23, 2017 • 1:00–2:00 p.m. CT
(starting at 2 p.m. ET, 12 noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)

CM | 1.0

After large-scale disasters, the mission of temporary housing is critical. Much has changed since Katrina — one of the largest temporary housing operations in modern history: the technology to construct temporary housing, considerations for resilience, the development and use of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, and a more integrated approach to disaster recovery. Future disasters, especially in anticipation of more intense storms, may challenge us further.

Discussion includes:

  • The importance of knowing where and how your community will provide temporary housing after a disaster and how to optimize the temporary to permanent housing planning process
  • The current federal policies that pertain to the temporary housing mission
  • New technologies and standards for improving resilience of temporary housing
  • Incorporating post-disaster housing considerations into local plans and policies

    Shannon S. Van Zandt

    Shannon Van Zandt is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University.

    Thomas A. Womeldurf

    Thomas Womeldurf is the Director of State and Federal Programs for the Institute for Business & Technology Safety (IBTS).

    Chad Berginnis, CFM

    Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012 after joining the the organization in 2011. Since 2000, he has served ASFPM as insurance committee chair, mitigation policy committees' coordinator, vice chair, and chair. Berginnis received his Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and land-use planning at the state, local, and private sector level.


Past Webinars

  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016) CM | 1.5
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)

View presentations from past webinars